Blue Mountains koala rescue program to benefit from WIRES and Landcare funding

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A Blue Mountains Koala rescue program, Science for Wildlife, is one of a number of groups set to financially benefit from WIRES and Landcare Australia’s $1million bushfire recovery.

Science for Wildlife, a not-for-profit organisation is dedicated to the survival of Blue Mountains koala populations. After bushfires tore through the region, devastating unique native species habitat, Science for Wildlife has focused on a number of activities with their Blue Mountains Koala Project including research to ensure effective native species replanting, rehabilitated koala release and community engagement in a bid to ensure the future of remaining koala numbers.

The WIRES Landcare Wildlife Relief and Recovery Grants is a ground-breaking alliance between two not-for-profits—WIRES and Landcare Australia—who have been part of the fabric of local communities for over 30 years.

Facilitated by unprecedented public appeals and donations, the newly announced $1million WIRES and Landcare Wildlife Relief and Recovery Grants will provide a necessary lifeline to the continuing crucial work by Science for Wildlife and other local Landcare environment networks and community groups working to restore bushfire impacted habitat across the country. Eligible groups can access funding of up to $20,000.

“The WIRES Landcare Relief and Recovery Grants Program is great because it includes so many recovery activities including surveys, impact assessments, targeted research and citizen science,” Science for Wildlife executive director Dr Kellie Leigh said.

“That helps us look at which species of eucalyptus we need to replant for these surviving koala populations across the region and identify the priority areas for these koalas.” 

Applications for grants will remain open until 30 April with successful applicants notified late May.

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